Oculus has stated it will be accepting pre-orders for its Rift VR headsets bundled with different PCs starting February 16, 8 a.m. PT. The PCs too are VR ready right out of the box.
Eager buyers will have the option to buy PCs made by ASUS, Dell or those from Dell subsidiary Alienware. Prices start at $1,499 with a choice of supporting PCs featuring either an Intel Core i5 or a Core i7 chip. Similarly, buyers will also have a choice of either the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or GTX 980 graphics card. The ‘Occulus Ready’ PC can be bought from Amazon, Best Buy and Microsoft Store.
However, the PC bundle that is priced above $3,000 for the top-end model will only be available in limited quantities.
Buyers will also be getting all the accessories that are part of the package when the Rift is bought solo. This includes the VR headset with the built-in mic and headphone, a Xbox One controller as well as the Rift sensor and Oculus remote. Eve: Valkyrie Founder’s Pack, and Lucky’s Tale are also included as part of the deal. Shipping starts sometime in April.
Oculus had earlier announced it is accepting pre-orders for the Rift VR headset on a standalone basis in early January with shipping slated to begin March 28. The Rift VR headsets are priced $599 when bought alone though Oculus has stated those who might have already ordered their Rift headsets are entitled to special rebates if they wish to opt for the PC bundle deal as well.
Unlike the Google Cardboard or the Samsung Galaxy Gear VR, Oculus has set demanding specifications to ensure its Rift headset performs flawlessly, and the PCs have also been designed accordingly. The range starts with the ASUS PC that features a sixth-gen Intel Core i5 chip, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, 8 GB of RAM and 1 TB of hard disk space.
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At the other end of the spectrum lies the Dell-made Alienware featuring the latest Intel Core i7 chip, a GTX 980 GPU and 16 GB of RAM along with both a 128 GB solid-state drive and 2 TB standard hard disk. Those eager will have to hurry as stocks are in limited quantities.